Irene Louise Cole, 89, of Cridersville, died Aug. 26, 2011 in Cridersville.
Irene was the daughter of the Rev. Emory Ray and Ohla (Cave) Cole.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Virginia Kraner (James), of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; a brother, the Rev. Robert Cave Cole (Adele Sue), of Buckhannon, W. Va.; seven nieces and nephews, Susan Kraner Trumble, of Littleton Colo., Sarah Kraner Allen, of Lake Bluff, Ill., James Cole Kraner, of Charleston, W. Va., Keith Ray Cole, of Nashville, Tenn., Lt. Colonel Timothy Andrew Kraner, of Bossier City, La., Robert Dean Cole, of Nashville, Tenn., and the Reverend James Emory Cole, Nashville, Tennessee; and six grand- nieces and nephews.
Irene attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville. She later completed two master’s degrees in Library Science and Education. She was called to serve as a home missionary with the United Evangelical Brethren Church/United Methodist Church at the McCurdy School in Santa Cruz, N.M. from 1944 to 1997. She taught high school math, chemistry and general science and later served in the McCurdy church relations department. Irene moved to Otterbein-Cridersville in 1997 where she was a volunteer for over 12 years at the Cridersville Elementary School and was an associate member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Lima.
Services are at 4 p.m. Monday at the Otterbein-Cridersville Community Room in Cridersville, the Rev. Phyllis Fetzer officiating. A second service will be held at Santa Cruz United Methodist Church in Espanola, New Mexico. Interment will be at the Loma Linda Cemetery in Alcalde, New Mexico where Irene will be laid to rest with her “McCurdy Family” in the mountains of Northern New Mexico which she so dearly loved.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to the McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico.
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